3 Amazing Health Advantages of Using Stevia

June 03, 2021

Stevia, a healthy alternative to refined sugar and artificial sweeteners, comes with many possible health benefits especially to diabetics.

Stevia is an all-natural sweetener that may be the healthier option for people who are trying to cut back on their sugar intake. And unlike aspartame which is an artificial sweetener, Stevia is derived from an herb making it the better choice for individuals who prefer to consume food ingredients that are sourced from plants.

Stevia natural sweetener

3 Amazing Health Advantages of Using Stevia


    What is Stevia?


    Stevia is a small bushy herb that has been cultivated in tropical climates for centuries. This plant belongs to the sunflower family and grows in Paraguay and Brazil, where it has been used by local people for hundreds of years to sweeten their food.

    However, Stevia can be quickly grown elsewhere. In fact, Stevia has also long been used in other countries like Korea, China, Japan, and other South American nations.

    What are the uses of Stevia?


    The Stevia plant’s leaves yield a natural sweetener, which is also known by that same name. There are around 150 species of the Stevia plant (Stevia rebaudiana), all of which are from North and South America.

    One of the biggest producers of Stevia in the world is Chinas, where one may also, buy plants for growing at home.

    Stevia comes in powder form (stevia sugar) that can be used for a variety of purposes like sweetening coffee, tea, and other drinks. Stevia can also be used for cooking and baking to make sugar-free goodies at home or for commercial purposes.

    Stevia’s positive growth outlook in the Philippines


    Despite the pandemic, Filipinos are turning to healthier products and food alternatives to keep their immune system strong. Aside from practicing health protocols when outside, a fit and healthy body is the best defense against diseases.

    Stevia plant in the Philippines
    Stevia plant

    That’s why Glorious, popularly known as the Philippines’ first Stevia company, is confident in its financial outlook. In fact, Stevia's sales are expected to hit $700 million worldwide in the next few years, according to agribusiness finance giant Rabobank.

    Glorious manufactures Stevia natural sweeteners as well as teas, juices, healthy coffee mixes, and chocolate beverages sweetened by Stevia. These products are vetted safe for consumption by the Food and Drug Association (FDA).

    The potential health benefits of Stevia


    The primary health benefits of Stevia come from the fact that it is considered non-nutritive which means that it has virtually no calories. Because of that, Stevia doesn’t provide added calories and carbohydrates to one’s diet and, thus, aid in weight loss and management.

    Here are some of the reasons why Stevia may be wise to incorporate to an overall healthy lifestyle:

    1. Stevia can help regulate blood sugar level


    If you have diabetes, Stevia can prove to be beneficial to you. That’s because pure Stevia extract is generally safe to consume and can help maintain healthy blood sugar levels when used in moderation.

    That’s good news for diabetics because they wouldn’t have to give up their favorite drinks and sweet treats as long as they use diabetic-friendly ingredients that don’t contribute to the increase in blood glucose levels.

    2. Stevia can aid in weight management


    Stevia used to be restricted to the health food market only but with its FDA approval, it has been commonly used as a substitute for table sugar as well as artificial sweeteners.

    Stevia contains almost zero calories and carbohydrates. As such, people who are trying to manage their weight can include Stevia in their health regimen.

    Even so, Stevia is 200 times sweeter than refined sugar but it doesn’t have any adverse impact on blood sugar levels.

    “Stevia is much sweeter than sugar, so you don't have to add much. It’s good to note that the Philippines is also catching up on the use of this natural sweetener in various food preparations,” said Maura De Leon, the woman behind Glorious, the country’s first stevia grower and manufacturer.

    And because Stevia has no carbohydrates, it’s also considered keto-friendly.

    3. Stevia is generally safe to consume


    Stevia products are approved safe by the FDA even for people who have diabetes. Aside from being safe for diabetics and those who are trying to shed excess weight, Stevia is also effective in cutting down the sugar consumption of children.

    Stevia farm in the Philippines
    Stevia farm

    Children who consume an excessive amount of sugar run a high risk of developing heart disease in the future, especially if they put on excess weight. Using Stevia in moderate amounts instead of refined sugar can help minimize health risks in children in the future.

    “Stevia has been touted as a safe and healthy sugar substitute with proven health benefits. It can sweeten foods, and it has several health benefits, including decreased calorie intake, lower blood sugar levels, and less risk of cavities,” added de Leon.

    If you are looking for a healthier alternative to instant coffee mixes that contain high amounts of sugar, try Glorious Blend Coffee mixes.

    All Glorious Blend beverages, particularly the 3-in-1, 5-in-1, and 7-in-1 mixes, use Stevia which has no calories, no carbohydrates, and zero glycemic index. All of these instant drinks will keep you alert and energized throughout the day.

    For more information about Glorious, the Stevia Company, check out its website.

    Epilogue


    Stevia, being a plant-derived sweetener, has a lot of potential in providing a healthy sugar and artificial sweetener substitute especially for diabetics and those who are trying to lose weight.

    Stevia is generally considered safe and healthy for human consumption. It’s hundreds of times sweeter than regular table sugar that’s why only a moderate amount is needed to sweeten food and drinks.

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    13 comments

    1. A healthy option to sweetend our food and beverages. Stevia is really beneficial for our bodies. You can enjoy sweet foods without worrying about your blood sugar. Sugar or carbohydrates is the main culprit to different ailments to our body. If we cut it off in our daily consumption then we will be healthier. That is why stevia is best for us as an alternative sweetener.

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    2. Wow ang nice naman po nito . ang kagandahan pa ng Stevia ay nagmula sa isang halamang gamot na ginagawang mas mahusay na pagpipilian para sa mga indibidwal na ginugusto na ubusin ang mga sangkap ng pagkain na nagmula sa mga halaman.. Must try po talaga ito..

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    3. I'm a big fan of stevia. I love it becuase I still get the sweetness, but I don't use sugar, and I don't have possible health risks associated with other chemically made substitutes.

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    4. I use stevia all the time. I use it when I cook and in my coffee. I love it because I don't have to worry about sugar or calories.

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    5. I love that Stevia is natural. I'm a big fan of sweeteners.

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    6. The Stevia plant is really amazing and making more products using stevia will be much more amazing. The stevia plants have many benefits to people while enjoying their foods. I want to try one of the products of Glorious to know how good it is for myself.

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    7. Very Nice, Awesome, and Unique Product Mom, no need na po talaga nating MagDagdag pa ng Sugar in any kind of Food, Dessert, drinks, and Etc dahil sa sobrang ganda ng Benefits nitong Stevia na npaka Natural Sugar. SUPER GALING, and Highly Recommended po talaga..

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    8. Love all of the health benefits that I am learning here with the use of Stevia. This is perfect for me as I have decided to start losing the weight that I have gained over the quarantine period. Time to get healthy and fit again.

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    9. Love all of the health benefits that I am learning here with the use of Stevia. This is perfect for me as I have decided to start losing the weight that I have gained over the quarantine period. Time to get healthy and fit again.

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    10. I love stevia! I've been using it for years. I honestly like the slight bitter aftertaste, and it's not addicting like sugar.

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    11. I am a die hard stevia fan. My mom never normally had sugary food or sweeteners around the house. She was the first person who introduced me to stevia.

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    12. I have been a longtime user of Stevia as well. Anything that's healthier than sugar and better for me, while tasting great too!

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    13. I have never tried Stevia before - mainly because I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but I will suggest it to family members who have diabetes. Thanks for sharing!

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